How to Design Your Home with Security in Mind

It is often said that a person’s home is their castle. However, with the number of burglaries increasing year upon year, it’s hard not to wonder whether this statement is still true. Even though you may not want to go to the extreme of building a moat around your property, or paying for bouncers to stand outside your door at all hours of the day, there are ways to improve the security of your home. Keep reading for a few tips.

Install Security Lighting

Exterior lighting is popular with many homeowners, however it also enables people to see when you are at home, and when you are away. A better option is to install security lighting. Security lighting turns on when a sensor notices movement, which will still enable you to walk from the street to your door with lighting, but will deter burglars from doing the same. It’s a good idea to install this close to all entrances to your home.

Add a Motion Detection System

Knowing when people are entering your property can give you precious extra warning time about a possible intruder situation. Systems like the ADT Alarm System from can be set up so that the second a motion detector senses movement, you and a security company are both alerted of the intrusion. The security company will then either contact you to see how to proceed, or contact the services and send them out to your property. They also act as a great deterrent against burglaries.

Think About Your Windows

Windows are second only to doors, when it comes to easy entryways into houses. So it pays to make sure that your home’s windows are as secure as possible. It is possible to buy security windows for your home, but of course these are going to set you back quite a bit. A better option may be to install security window film onto your windows. This not only makes your windows more secure against intruders, but it can also help to protect your home during tornadoes and hurricanes.

Safe Rooms and Vaults

If you really want to go all out on home security, you may also want to consider having a safe room or vault built into your home. Whilst they may be most associated with the homes of the rich and the famous, they can be useful for general homeowners as well. Anyone with a basement can easily have a vault installed that will keep you safe in times of an intrusion. Safe rooms usually need to be designed when the house is built, as they often need to be reinforced. If you go down this route, make sure you have a supply of food and water in the room, and also that you have a means of calling for outside help.

Home security is such a large topic that it would be impossible to list all of the options available to you in this article. However, it is more than possible to design a home with security in mind, and hopefully these tips will help you somewhat.

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